When I was a young athlete, I consumed sports / fitness nutrition supplements. Actually, I consumed a lot of sports nutritional supplements. My parents would often ask, is this safe for you? I would often reply in a snarl, “Yes, Mom! Oh my gosh…” Or, “Dad, yes is they are; is that beer good for you?” Ah, I am glad I am no longer a teenager; because I enjoy beer too.
Fast forward seven to eight years later, I am still consuming sports / fitness nutritional supplements. Actually, I own a company that surrounds sports / fitness nutritional supplementation; Never Been Stronger was started in May of 2017. Currently, Never Been Stronger has two products for consumption. The Never Been Stronger Pre-Workout & All Natural Whey Protein Blend are the two premier products so far. There is also a line of apparel products that people can wear to show that they have Never Been Stronger.
So after about ten years of taking sports / fitness nutrition supplements, I decided to start my own company. Why would I do that if this industry is arguably the most competitive industry on the planet? Well, I believe in my product and know what people need. Over years of consuming well over hundreds of different kinds of supplements, I know what works and what does not work. My very first product was Body Fortress Whey Protein. This brand of protein is found in stores such as Wal-Mart, Kroger, and other large grocery or superstores. I thought the taste was amazing and that I was so cool taking my protein after my workouts. I knew I was getting jacked.
The thing about this is that this supplement started my career before I even knew it. Before I get started, I don’t want to bash on the poor quality of Body Fortress Whey Protein or other brands, that is not how I roll. Many brands of protein, pre-workouts, fat burners, mass gainers, etc; they have helped get me where I am today. Look at it as trial and error. As a Exercise Physiologist, Head Personal Trainer, Supplement Owner, etc..I have found (am finding) my way through the trenches of what is tried and true in the fitness industry. I am now at the bottom of the top of the totem pole when it comes to the fitness industry. I’ll be honest, it is not easy to do this but I am extremely passionate in this industry and it is what I have been living and breathing since I was fourteen years old.
So, back to my early years; I was consuming various products that were for the most part, filled with much more than protein. A lot of products out there are artificially flavored and you are simply being sold on the taste and junk inside the product. Looking at the research on Labdoor, many of the proteins that I have consumed over recent years, they were not even listed in the Top 15 in terms of overall quality. Labdoor bases the quality of protein based off of the following: Label Accuracy, Product Purity, Nutritional Value, Ingredient Safety, and Projected Efficacy. So why was I consuming the proteins that were not listed in the Top 15? Well, mainly because their marketing is really good and they sold me through marketing.
This is where the Never Been Stronger All Natural Protein is different. We don’t care how cool our marketing tactics look. We don’t care if the bottle is so flashy you have to wear sun glasses. Then most importantly, we don’t care about minimizing our ingredient costs to make a larger dollar amount. I’ll be upfront, we are more expensive that most protein powders out there. Here is why:
* All Natural - We took the extra effort to eliminate Sucralose, artificial sweeteners, and soy. Instead of Sucralose and other artificial sweeteners, we added in Stevia, Thaumatin (Katemfe Fruit Extract), and Cocoa (Processed with Alkali); which are natural sweeteners.
* Concentration Bound of Protein - All of the top proteins that were reviewed by Labdoor, they had at least 75% of Concentration Bound of Protein. Never Been Stronger All Natural Whey Protein Blend? We are right at 75% Concentration Bound of Protein.
* Price Per Serving (PPS) - Never Been Stronger PPS is $1.68. That is right in the middle for most proteins on the market. So, let’s call it an ‘average’ in cost.
* Mix-ability - The mix-ability of the Never Been Stronger All Natural Whey Protein Blend has an unreal mix-ability level. You can mix water and a spoon with one scoop while having ZERO clumps. It is super impressive.
* Taste - The taste isn’t phenomenal or bad. It is okay when blended with water. When you add milk, almond milk, cashew milk, or any milk of your choice, the taste then becomes phenomenal.
Here is the take home point -
If you are someone who truly cares about the health of yourself or maybe you have a junior high or high school athlete, the Never Been Stronger All Natural Whey Protein Blend is going to be a perfect option in terms of health and quality. I say a perfect option in terms of health and quality because not all people may like chocolate as their preferred flavor. When it comes to consuming a protein supplement, remember that this is a SUPPLEMENT to your daily nutrition. The Never Been Stronger products are not created to replace a meal or cure any deficiency in your diet.
Who Can Take Never Been Stronger All Natural Whey Protein Blend?
Athletes - For junior high, high school, or college athletes, I highly recommend this product because this is a protein supplement that does not have more than what the athlete needs for a protein supplement. No glutamine, creatine, or other hype ingredients are added.
Women - Some products mess with the digestive systems of many women I know. So far, the Never Been Stronger All Natural Whey Protein Blend has been pretty good for women.
Anyone - Unless you have a condition to where you can’t consume dairy or other ingredients listed on the label, you can take this product as a protein supplement to your diet.
I firmly believe that we need to be aware of our food choices when it comes to artificial and natural ingredients. I do not eat 100% natural, nor will I ever, that is not sustainable to my friends, family, or career. However, if I am going to have an easy option to consume an all natural source, I am going to do so; especially with the Never Been Stronger supplements.
As I continue to see more and more supplement companies or stores promote products to people who are seeking to improve their health or performance, I see more and more fake professionals that are out there. Anyone can make a workout or sell a supplement but that does not mean that they are properly educating the individual or group. Let me help you and fully invest in the process and I guarantee that you will get to where you want to be.
About the Author / Creator
Never Been Stronger was founded by Patrick Thompson. Patrick is the Head Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist at Anytime Fitness North Peoria. Graduating from Monmouth College with a focus in Exercise Science and secondary focuses in Business Administration, Patrick has continued to elevate his knowledge by adding three additional continued education certifications after graduating in 2014. If you want a product that will be tried, true, and tested daily; Never Been Stronger Supplements is the route to go.
- Patrick Thompson
More You Should Know
(NOT in Never Been Stronger All Natural Whey Protein Blend)
What is it?
“Sucralose is a calorie-free artificial sweetener derived from sucrose and is up to 650 times sweeter than sugar. Valued for having no bitter aftertaste, sucralose-based products are found in a broad range of lower-calorie foods, including table top sweeteners, fizzy drinks, chewing gum, baking mixes, breakfast cereals and salad dressings. Because it is very sweet, sucralose is often mixed with other sweetening ingredients that are not calorie-free, such as dextrose or maltodextrin, to dilute its intense sweetness.” (1)
Is it bad?
Even though scientific evidence has not proven Sucralose to be a trigger to migraines, tooth decay, or drop in immune health; Experts do claim that Sucralose does decrease gut health which could lead to weight gain, a drop in immune health, and increased risk of cancers.
“Consuming artificial sweeteners like Splenda and diet soda and products that contain them can impair your appetite regulation and cause weight gain. Studies also show that Splenda can reduce the beneficial bacteria population in your gut, increase the pH level in your intestines, and effect an important glycoprotein in your body responsible for crucial functions.” (2)
“Using natural sweeteners like stevia is a safer option than using Splenda and artificial sweeteners. If you are suffering from sugar addiction, you need to address the emotional aspect of your cravings.” (2)
(NOT in Never Been Stronger All Natural Whey Protein Blend)
What are Artificial Sweeteners?
According to Mayo Clinic, “Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes, but may be derived from naturally occurring substances, including herbs or sugar itself. Artificial sweeteners are also known as intense sweeteners because they are many times sweeter than regular sugar.” (1)
Individual’s will often select a food choice that is labeled as ‘Sugar Free’ or ‘Low Calorie’ because there are less sugars in the product. However, is this mask of sweetener only unconsciously making people consume more calories because they drink or eat something that is low calorie; which allows them to believe they can eat more?
Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad?
This is something that is still up for debate based on research and evidence. However, there are points all across the board that people need to be aware about.
To keep this as simple as possible, this article from Harvard Health Publishing at Harvard Medical School, explains fully why Artificial Sweeteners may be bad for our health. (2)
(1) Mayo Clinic
(2) Harvard Health